Teardrop Camping Trailers WEIGHT Comparison. Aluminum vs. Wood or Fiberglass

When looking at an off-road capable camping trailer, whether it is a teardrop, square-drop, or adventure trailer, it is important to consider weight. Weight will become a factor when looking at the GVWR and tongue weight capacities of your tow vehicle and deciding how much gear you can bring along. 

Many people who want to get out and experience the great outdoors will want to bring a lot of gear with them, whether it is purely camping gear, recovery gear, gear for rock climbing, mountain biking, or more. 

In most teardrops, square drops, and adventure trailers the factor that makes up the bulk of the weight, beyond the frame is the body of the trailer. There are 3 main materials that can be used for the construction of the body; wood, fiberglass, or aluminum. 

When looking at a direct comparison, a fiberglass shell will be approximately 30 to 40% heavier when constructed with the same dimensions and design. Wood, although on the surface, is lighter when compared to the same mass of aluminum, is much weaker, and will require significantly more wood to achieve similar structural rigidity. For example, to replicate the rigidity of a 0.275″ sheet of aluminum, you would need a 0.625″ (5/8″) sheet of wood. Since aluminum is much stronger and more rigid, you can use less aluminum to make the same-shaped trailer making it significantly lighter. 

OFF GRID TRAILER MODELS

EXPEDITION 2.0

The Expedition 2.0 is an all-metal overland camping trailer designed to take you anywhere. The 21 inches of ground clearance and 50-degree departure angle will allow you to tow it anywhere your vehicle can go. Inside the Expedition 2.0, you will see a queen size bed, storage cabinets as well as interior lighting, and a control panel for your furnace and battery monitoring system. The kitchen is a passenger-side drop-down including a hot & cold water sink and dual burner cooktop along with 2 Fridge/Freezer options. The 31-gallon water tank will ensure there is plenty of water flowing through the hot water on-demand system for both your outdoor shower and kitchen needs. With ample storage, there will be plenty of room for all of your gear. 

PANDO 2.0

The Pando 2.0 is an all-metal Tear Drop trailer designed for overland-style camping. The rugged all-metal construction and 21 inches of ground clearance make it one of the most capable teardrops on the market. Inside the Pando 2.0, you will find a queen size bed, storage cabinets as well as interior lighting, and a control panel for your furnace and battery monitoring system. The rear galley kitchen follows a classic teardrop styling with a hot & cold water sink and dual burner cooktop along with a 57L Fridge/Freezer and plenty of counter space. With the 1000 lbs. storage capacity on the roof rack, there will be plenty of room to bring all of your gear along on your next adventure.

SWITCHBACK R/S

The Switchback is an all-metal overland adventure trailer. With 21 inches of ground clearance and 50-degree departure angle you can take this compact trailer anywhere, your vehicle can tow it. The kitchen is a thoughtfully designed rear slide or side drop down which includes a hot & cold water sink and dual burner cooktop along with 3 Fridge/Freezer options. The 31-gallon water tank will ensure there is plenty of water flowing through the hot water on-demand system for both your outdoor shower and kitchen needs. With 40 cubic feet of interior storage in the front box, there is plenty of room to bring all of your gear along on your next adventure.